Thursday’s Workout: Impromptu Rest Day
Today I was planning on doing a blog post about Wednesday night’s dinner, and different things JP and I do to celebrate throughout the year, but I am actually currently dealing with a stomach bug…so I’m going to keep this short and sweet with some photos of us throughout our marriage along with tips on how to have a successful marriage. At 30 years old, JP and I have been married 8 years and will be celebrating the fact that we’ve been together almost 9 years in March. The fact that we’ve been together close to a decade and still are so sickeningly sweet that our family members want to run for the bathroom makes me consider our marriage to be a success. You can decide for yourself.
• Nothing says I love you like Pedialyte. After calling in sick this morning, I went back to bed and woke up at 10 a.m. when JP returned and promptly started pouring something purple into a glass and told me to drink it.
“It’s Pedialyte,” he said. “I want you to drink it up before I leave again. And I better not catch you drinking any of those sports beverages, I’ve read that they can make you worse off.”
Some people may think this comes off as a little gruff, but that’s my endearing husband that loves to take care of me. Even though I don’t care for the taste of it, he had me at Pedialyte.
The infamous bottle of Pedialyte that JP made me drink.
• Laughter always makes time go by faster. I would be lying if I said we never argued, but even when we do, we pick up the pieces and apologize to one another right away. Most of the time, we make each other laugh, and sometimes take goofy photos with other family members.
Note: That’s JP in the middle, with my sister. She and him are the children belonging to me and my future brother-in-law in this pic.
• Being married to your best friend makes marriage so much fun. To some, we may seem creepy – we know each other so well that we finish one another’s sentences sometimes, know what one another is thinking without saying anything, and just poke fun at each other in general. We always joke that we’re like Marshall and Lily from on How I Met Your Mother (it’s actually less joke and more truth, than anything).
• It’s always important to find time to get away. We always make sure we take time to get away from everyone else…whether it’s through JP traveling with me when I have a business trip, us taking summer vacations, or just going shopping or taking a day trip together, we make sure we get a decent amount of alone time together.
Before Bella: JP and I hiking on a summer vacation with Bogie.
• Make “me time,” too. As runners, were pretty good at this, but I also make sure I spend some girl time with my mom and sister, or friends, and even tend to leave JP home alone in April when I head to South Carolina or Maine for the weekend with my parents or mom and sister. To some, this may seem strange, but it gives us time apart from each other…as you know, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
• Loving without expecting anything in return is the greatest love you can give. I think that a lot of people’s problems/issues in marriage occur when they start to keep score and expect something in return. We’re all guilty of it. This past year, I’ve challenged myself by trying not to keep score as much, and by doing something nice for JP without expecting something in return. He does so many things for me already, that if I get mad or angry about anything I don’t think he does, I remind myself of how lucky I am to have a husband that takes care of me when I’m sick, cares about my overall well-being, and will literally move mountains (most of the time) to try to make me happy.
Of course I feel the same way about him, but I have a harder time showing it to him than he does (he’s just such a romantic dude!). One thing I’ve done to try and show him I love him is by incorporating sock notes into his life. He absolutely loves it when I match his socks up for him (let’s just say he has real issues with socks and leave it at that), so when I do this, I’ll take a piece of paper, write a sweet note in it, and put it in his sock. That way, when he gets up in the morning he has something to immediately brighten up his day (and there’s no way he won’t find it). There are so many other things I try to do for him, but that one is a Lis original.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
What is something you’ve done for your spouse/significant other recently that you didn’t expect anything from them in return?
Any marriage/relationship advice I missed? Let me know!
All you single ladies: What’s your favorite thing to do on V-Day? Love it or hate it? Or just ignore it completely?
Joe and I are at 9 years together too but you have us beat on the marriage front by a TON! We knew from day 1 but only got married 2.5 years ago 🙂
This is so sweet! I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Aww, thanks! I am feeling much better today. 🙂
I enjoyed seeing these pics of you and your family. 🙂 These are all really good tips! I read something recently that I really liked. It was that when you wake up in the morning, you should think about what you can do TODAY to let your spouse know how much they are loved. It doesn’t have to be big, extravagant things, but little things. One thing Paul does is turns on the light on our Christmas tree (we have a mini one we keep up all year with cat ornaments on it) so when I come home from work, I see it in the window and it makes me happy. 🙂